Media Opportunity at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Picnic for Spinal Cord Injury
WHAT: Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Robotics and more as part of an Appreciation Picnic for SCI Research Participants and hosted by UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s SCI Research Team
: Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries, the health professionals who have joined them in research and others from the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute
will participate along with folks around the Lower Hill District YMCA.
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 29, 2012
• Opportunity to video persons with Spinal Cord Injuries playing Basketball and Rugby (Pittsburgh SteelWheelers), swimming in an Accessible Pool, navigating a wheelchair Obstacle Course, presenting current research findings and demonstrating the GameCycle
• The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
researchers have received a $4.5 million Grant from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research to lead a multi-site research project aimed at bettering the lives of individuals with SCI through interventions to improve their skill at using their wheelchair and preventing wheelchair failures, which occur too often (see below).
• South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius next week will become the first person with disabilities to participate in the Olympic Games – this event offers the chance to interview local people with disabilities about his inclusion in the London Summer Games.
Media interested in covering this event should contact Chuck Finder at 412-996-5852 or FinderCE@upmc.edu